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Conservation Biology

The ongoing loss of biological diversity is a major problem globally. The purpose of conservation biology is to understand the processes and to find ways of reducing this loss.

You will be given a broad introduction to the subject, anchored in practical work, with a focus on conservation ecology and conservation genetics. Understanding the processes that control the survival of populations is a key element, and you will gain knowledge in vulnerability analyses and the breeding of threatened animals.

  • Course structure


    Conservation at gene and population level, 7.5 credits

    Conservation at species and ecosystem levels, 7.5 credits

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, laboratory exercises, group exercises, project work, study visits and excursions. Participation in laboratory exercises, group exercises, project work, study visits, excursions and group education associated with this is compulsory.

    Learning outcomes

    A list of the learning outcomes can be found in the syllabus. Please find the link to the syllabus on the right side of this page.


    Measurement of knowledge takes place through witten and/or oral examination.


    Linda Laikre

    Karin Norén (Conservation at species and ecosystem level)

    Christopher West Wheat (Conservation at gene and population level)

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Primack & Sher: An Introduction to Conservation Biology. 2019. ISBN9781605358970. The 2016 edition works fine too (ISBN: 9781605354736).

    Frankham, R., Ballou, J.D., Briscoe, D.A.2004. A primer of conservation genetics. Cambridge University Press. (Available as E-book Stockholm University)

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor for basic level